Date night at The Grange

After being cooped up at home recovering from a sprained ankle, it felt so good to get out this weekend.
Saturday night ended up being a date night for me. Apparently the new dating “rules” say dinner out on the first date is old fashioned or “too much pressure”. I thought I’d buck the trend this time and say yes when I was asked!
We are so lucky in Providence (and Rhode Island really) to have so many great restaurants at our fingertips. My date was not from RI so I was excited to offer my suggestions on where we should go. He is not a huge meat eater so I suggested The Grange, a wonderful “vegetable restaurant” located on the Westside of town.
I felt at home on the grange…right away. A bustling but cozy interior with candles flickering. With a seat for two by the window, it was the perfect setting for getting to know someone. We started out with a pair of craft cocktails; mine: bourbon based with some bitters and what not. His: a vodka base with some thyme and a little more.
With the conversation flowing, we ordered some specials, all sourced from local farms highlighting what’s in season.

We started out with some perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts with smoked mushroom and a tangy tasty cranberry mustardo on the side.

Next, some sautéed Pioppino and Oyster mushrooms sourced from R.I. Mushroom Company

Delicious delicata squash ( did you know you can eat the skin?!) on top of soft polenta with radishes and dollops of parsley pistou.

To accompany these varied vegetarian dishes, my date chose a bottle of Zinfandel. A perfect choice I might add. Not too intense.

Still talking and still hungry, we added a couple more plates.
A quinoa salad with lettuces, avocado, beets, sweet potatoes and sprinkling of sunflower seeds and all topped with a roasted garlic dressing.

Lastly, one of my all time fave dishes: risotto. This dish was so creamy. Incorporated into the creamy rice was: sunchokes, red wine onions, turnips, baby kale and fried green olives.

We enjoyed our wine, and cleaned our plates. Everything was delicious!

The night was still young, we were enjoying ourselves. Since we were on the Westside, we drove over to Pastiche. Miraculously we found a parking spot but the charming bakery was mobbed as usual. There was no getting in…. Not a problem. We ended up going to The Duck and Bunny, my choice for best date spot for dessert in Providence. This charming spot on Wickenden St., is considered a “snuggery”. It is an adorable, cozy and warm spot to enjoy a pot of tea

We also had something sweet, banana and Nutella crepe and a slice of banana cream pie. Scrumptious. A sweet way to end a fabulous evening.

Whether you’re headed out for a first date or your 100th, I hope you’ll consider these Providence gems.
Here’s to more cozy, romantic, full of promise evenings.

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